It’s easy to pick up the flu when your bodies immune system isn’t equipped with the nutrients it needs to support a healthy immune system. Winter is prime time to catch the common cold because virsuses spread a lot easier when the air is cold and dry.
Here are some easy ways to incorporate immune fighting foods into your diet this winter to prepare your defences, keep your immune system strong and the common cold away.
The immune system is responsible for fighting back when colds, cases of flu or other infections that threaten our wellbeing. You may notice when your system is poorly supported by your lifestyle you can become ill more easily, may stay sick for longer and the symptoms generally can be more severe.
The good news is, consuming a healthy diet and ensuring you consume a range of immune-boosting foods will help boost your immune system. Even better – these healthy foods are delicious and easy to incorporate into your everyday eating.
Aim to incorporate three immune-boosting foods into your daily diet. Eating a balanced diet, rich in a variety of fruit and vegetables, lean meat, dairy, eggs, whole grains and water, with fewer highly processed foods will provide a great basis for a healthier immune system.
Here are a few foods that offer a little extra kick against the cold this flu season:
Blueberries - Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) ranked blueberries at the top of the list in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Blueberries contain powerful phytochemicals, vitamins A and C, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium, and are high in fibre and low in calories.
Garlic- antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, garlic also helps to increase immune function. It’s also a good source of selenium, an important trace element, and sulphur, which is important for healthy liver function.
Yoghurt – yoghurts made with certain bacteria (called probiotics) may have a beneficial effect on the immune system, with one study showing participants who consumed yoghurt every day made with specific probiotic bacteria showed a higher resistance to microorganisms that cause food poisoning.
Vitamins and more specifically the right combination of vitamins are also an essential part of fighting off the common cold. Online service My Vitamin Packs is a great way to make sure your taking the right vitamins to fight off the common cold. They supply their vitamins in convenient daily packs and create personalised packs designed specifically for the each customer to ensure they stay on top of their vitamin intake.